SAN FRANCISCO -- Sexual aversion
appears to be far more common in patients with borderline personality disorder than has been previously recognized, Mary C.
One of the risks is that the patients may slip to a position of sexual aversion
, in which they think all sex is bad.
For many years psychiatrists imprisoned homosexuals and tried to "cure" them; now they self-righteously proclaim that homosexuality is normal and diagnose people who oppose that view as "homophobic." Psychiatrists diagnose the person who eats too much as suffering from "bulimia" and the person who eats too little as suffering from "anorexia nervosa." Similarly, the person who has too much sex suffers from "sex addiction," while the person who shows too little interest in sex suffers from "sexual aversion
disorder." Yet psychiatrists do not consider celibacy a form of mental illness; celibate persons are not said to suffer from "anerotica nervosa."
Nor do other early literary examples of sexual aversion
, when examined closely, hold up as instances of that peculiar revulsion to sex with the wrong person that signals a violation of one's psychological self and not just one's bodily self.
, mistrust, or inhibition of sexual pleasure due to:
President Clinton's lawyers moved yesterday to dismiss the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, arguing that her claim of suffering sexual aversion
after an encounter with the President was a "big joke."
Young women's sexual adjustment: The role of sexual self-schema, sexual self-efficacy, sexual aversion
and body attitudes.
* desire disorders--hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) and sexual aversion
(32) For instance, some women who complain of HSDD also have components of sexual aversion
, although they may not manifest the phobic avoidance associated with the latter disorder.
However, sensate focus techniques appear to be less effective in treating HSDD than in treating sexual aversion
and arousal disorders.
Unlike HSDD, female sexual aversion
For women, relationship quality was predictive for sexual arousal problems and vaginismus but not for sexual desire problems, sexual aversion
, orgasmic problems or dyspareunia.